- Summary: Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland, Rob Thomas, India.Aire, Chris Daughtry, Nas, Chester Bennington, Joe Crocker, Gavin Rossdale, Pat Monahan, Yo-Yo Ma, Johnny Lang, Ray Manzarek and Jacoby Shaddix guest on the Clive Davis-produced covers album featuring Santana.
- Record Label: Arista
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock, Album Rock, Hard Rock, Latin Rock
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Sadly, expert guitar playing cannot carry an album. Moreover, it is too sterile and obsessively arranged, and the majority of the vocals lack that rock fierceness. Everyone is playing it too safe, with the production geared towards something mainstream and pop-oriented rather than experimentation and reinterpretation.
It's easy to imagine Santana completely revamping some guitar-centered hits. But for most of the album, that was apparently too daring for Mr. Santana and his pop mentor and co-producer, Clive Davis. These oldies tend to stay close to the original arrangements and vocal phrasing, perhaps hoping that familiarity can sneak them onto the radio.
Dec 20, 2010As he mostly prefers to copy the sound of the original guitarists rather than stamp his own unique style on these over-familiar songs, you have to ask what's the point? [Dec 2010, p.105]
There are no reinterpretations--not even the Nas-fronted "Back in Black" changes the song much--just restatements of riffs and replicated effects, each familiar element offering a reminder that Santana, Davis, and company chose to take the easy road by settling for gauche pop instead of guitar rock, winding up with a truly terrible album.
Jul 14, 2014I think it is a very interesting show of Santana's ability to shred. The sounds are as crisp as you can get from the very high to the very low. He lights up the sky with sound and with the many singers gives us a new sound of some golden oldies and of a couple of not so oldies. Would like to see a concert that goes with this album. And for those who complain about the sound being like a cover band, bet you never heard a cover band do it this good!… Expand
Oct 10, 2010its a good album, probably more for the santana completest than a fringe fan, most the vocalists do an adequate job, but why the hell did nas do back in black, that nearly made me sick, there's nothing new really it just sounds like covers bands playing the songs, not necessarily bad, but not great either… Expand
Nov 5, 2010I try to find the positive in everything I listen to, but this is one occasion where I can't do so. This is a huge disappointment. I looked at some of the artists who were featured on this compilation and while I didn't like a few, I did like some. Doesn't matter because no one, not even Santana, can save this album. I'm not quite sure how the record execs didn't hear this and try to stop it from being put out to the masses. One of the worst albums I've ever heard.… Expand
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